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Outreach Crisis Support Member Volunteer

Better Minds Blackpool

A crisis support volunteer will be trained and supported to provide practical and emotional support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, social, emotional and mental health needs and families impacted by criminal activity and exposure as well as social care involvement within the Blackpool area.

They will volunteer closely with families to assess their strengths and provide a family centered approach in understanding their individual and holistic needs, provide information and guidance on current services as well as promoting the services of Better Minds Blackpool whilst empowering families in navigating the system effectively. 

What skills do I need?

At Better Minds Blackpool we truly feel that parents and carers who already have 'LIVED EXPERIENCE' of a child or young person supported to live with SEND and SEMH needs already fulfills the list of skills below and will be supported in accessing training to enhance and build on this experience.   

> A background in social work, education, psychology, or a related field.

> Experience of working with children and families.

> Knowledge of SEND legislation, policies, and procedures.

> Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build rapport and trust with families.

> Strong advocacy and negotiation skills, with a commitment to empowering families.

> Ability to collaborate within a multi-disciplinary team and with external agencies.

> Good organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks and manage caseloads effectively.

> Commitment to professional development and ongoing learning in the field of SEND support.


The role may involve occasional evening or weekend volunteering to accommodate the needs of families.

Travel within the local area may be required to visit families in their homes or attend meetings with professionals.

Come and join our Better Minds Family today.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

It is very clear that our services are in demand and it is with this in mind that we invite you apply as soon as possible or consider us for any time you are ready to in the near future, whichever comes first we are happy to work with you and support your voluntary and employment needs in the future. We are happy to consider applications from the following: Those who have looked at this and feel under qualified. Individuals who are not sure if volunteering with children, young people and their families is for them. People who are lacking in confidence and should reply but may not. Those who are looking to gain experience for a change of career The between jobs persons or unemployed or long term unemployed and not sure if they should apply. People who feel that they not experienced enough to apply. Members of families with lived experiences which underestimate the value of their journey and don't feel that this is relevant to others (It is...)

Register your interest
  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Children
  • Crime
  • Crisis Support
  • Disability
  • Domestic violence
  • Families
  • Food banks
  • Housing
  • Human rights
  • Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty
  • Social care
  • Young people
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Administration
  • Care work
  • Mentoring
  • Providing advice
  • Support work
  • Details
  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Name and Number of Contact
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description
  • Application Process
  • Application Form
  • CRB Check
  • Informal Discussion
  • Interviews

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